Neck (cervical) pain can be due to a single issue or a combination of underlying problems. For instance, your pain may be due to muscular strain caused by holding your head at certain angles as you work at a desk job.
Arthritic changes in the cervical spine that cause wearing of the bones and joints in the spine can also lead to neck pain. This pain can cause you to hold your neck in an awkward position to relieve the discomfort, which may result in muscular strain.
Age-related changes in your cervical spine can also cause narrowing of the canal through which your nerves travel. As the spinal canal narrows, it compresses or “pinches” and irritates the cervical nerves, which can lead to pain in your neck that may travel into your shoulders and arms.
Some common types of neck pain include:
Regardless of the type of neck pain you’re having, schedule an appointment with an experienced neck pain treatment specialist to find out what we can do for you.
Depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms, you may notice:
Nerve compression can also cause numbness, weakness, tingling, and burning discomfort into your shoulders and arms that you may not associate with a neck issue. Often, the type of pain you’re experiencing and its location can help narrow down the cause of your symptoms.
A neck pain specialist may order tests, including:
Our medical team performs a thorough physical exam that includes a careful review of your symptoms and diagnostic studies such as X-rays to identify problems in your cervical spine. If they suspect nerve dysfunction, our team may recommend electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction tests to measure the health of your nerves.
Our staff then develops a treatment plan that’s tailored to fit your circumstances. They may recommend physical therapy, ergonomic tools and stretches while working at your desk, and combined electrochemical therapy to decrease nerve pain and dysfunction. This innovative therapy offers a significant reduction in nerve symptoms for 87% of patients.